Random Music News for Monday, November 10, 2014

I need a haircut.

  1. This week will feature a big battle: Foo Fighters vs. Pink Floyd vs. Queen vs. Taylor Swift (again). Who will come out on top?
  2. Regardless of what happens, I get the feeling that the Foo Fighters will end up headlining Glastonbury.
  3. Billy Joel has set an all-time Madison Square Garden performance record.
  4. Willie Nelson thinks that Barack Obama will be happy one weed gets legalized. Well, of course he would.
  5. Are politicians too dumb to understand the meaning of the lyrics to Springsteen’s “Born in the USA?” (SPOILER: Yes.)
  6. Madonna’s cast-off clothes sell for millions at auction.
  7. Gwen Stefani plans to return to fashion.
  8. Helping the blind to see with 3D sound.
  9. Still more analysis of the U2-Apple-iTunes thing.
  10. These are the top music schools in the US. None come cheap.
  11. Why was Justin Bieber involved in the Pittsburgh Steelers bible study group?
  12. How Bruce Springsteen helped bring down the Berlin Wall.
  13. Garth Brooks is back in the music business. It’s a very different place than when he left it.
  14. What’s your most-used app? Is it one of these music (or music-related) apps?
  15. Well, what about this app? It never plays the same thing twice?
  16. Mick Hucknall of Simply Red annoys me. Here’s why.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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